Vote for CMZoo for BEST ZOO and BEST ZOO EXHIBIT 2024

Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the fourth Best Zoo and second Best Zoo Exhibit (for Rocky Mountain Wild) in North America in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Program. We have once again been nominated, and we need your votes! You can vote once a day, every single day from now through 9:59 a.m. MT Monday, March 4. Thanks for your support, and happy voting!

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Feb. 6 or 21)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Feb. 6 or 21)

Ages 21+. Offered on February 6 or 21 with a hippo theme. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Feathered Friends February (Feb. 8, 17, 23, 29)

Kinder Kingdom: Tiny Tracks

Ages 4-5 years, PreK-K. Dive into a world of animal footprints and explore the stories written in the tiny tracks left behind by creatures big and small. Through scavenger hunts, identification, and storytelling, we will uncover big discoveries. Registration is required.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Feb. 24, Mar. 9, Apr. 20 )

Event Series Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+

Adults 21+. OfferedFeb. 14 sold out., Feb. 24, Mar. 9 & Apr. 20. Want a change of scenery on a weekend night? Come join us under the stars for an adults only private evening tour of our mountainside Zoo. We will enjoy a beverage to start off the night, then stroll under the stars to see what our animals do at night, we will even get an opportunity to meet one of our Loft animal ambassadors! This program is for adults only, 21+. Registration is required and open online now. If you would like to be on a wait list when any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris become sold out, please submit this form.

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Help us celebrate $5 MILLION RAISED FOR CONSERVATION!

All ages. Throughout the Zoo on Sunday, March 3, 2024, guests can check out special keeper talks, informational conservation booths, and a learn and earn free animal feeding opportunity - all day long! Advance daytime admission tickets required and are on sale now.

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Stroller Safaris: March Mammal Madness (Mar. 8, 13, 23)

Dog Days at the Zoo (March 12 & 14)

Event Series Dog Days at the Zoo (March 12 & 14)

On Tuesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 14, add an extra ticket to make your family outing complete! Bring your canine kiddo for a Zoo adventure. For these special dates, you can bring your well-behaved dog to the Zoo with you! Simply purchase a dog ticket along with your family’s human tickets, and Fido can experience many of the sights, sounds and smells that make the Zoo so special. Dog tickets are limited. Advance tickets are required.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Mar. 12 or 20)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Mar. 12 or 20)

Ages 21+. Offered on March 12 or 20 with a ring-tailed lemur theme. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: The Marvels of Migration

Ages: 1st - 8th grades; Elementary & Middle School groups. Pack your bags as we voyage across the world alongside migrating animals! Learners will explore the incredible challenges wildlife face when navigating to new terrain and unveil the extraordinary stories of these globe-trotting creatures. Registration is required.

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Special St. Patrick’s Day Stroller Safari: Gorgeously Green (Mar. 16)

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: March 16 only. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari includes a special demo with an animal from our reptile area, meet & greets with other “green” animals, and a fun green themed sensory activity! Registration is required and open online now.

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Kinder Spring Break Day Camps PreK-Kindergarten (March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)

Grades PreK-Kindergarten. Offered March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 These camps are sold out. Register for a single day or all five! Wild Cat Wonderland. Join Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we embark on an EdVenture to discover all about the Amazing Adaptations animals use to survive! Sign up for the whole week or the days that work for you! Registration is required and is open online.

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Spring Break Day Camps 1st – 6th Grades – (March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)

Grades 1st-6th. Offered March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29. Register for a single day or all five! Extraordinary Ecosystems. From vibrant gardens to towering forests, together we will learn about the fascinating creatures that call these ecosystems home. Journey with us as we dig deep in the dirt and fly high in the sky to inquire about the world's ecosystems. Registration is required and is open online.

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Outdoor School: Symbiosis: The Art of Living Together

Ages: Middle & High School. Earth is home to millions of animal species that all interact with one another in many different ways. Whether it’s working together as a team or competing for the same resource, our wild planet showcases what it takes for animals to survive. Join us as we study zoo residents and delve into the many different types of symbiotic relationships from around the world. *Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Special Easter Stroller Safari: An Easter EGGstravaganza! (Mar. 30)

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: March 30 only. This includes a visit with our resident rabbits and egg decorating! Participants will also learn how eggs are connected to lots of other animals around the Zoo too! Registration is required and open online now.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Apr. 9 or 24)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Apr. 9 or 24)

Ages 21+. Offered on April 9 or 24 with a leopard and tokay gecko theme. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Native Nightlife

Ages: MIddle & High School. Join us for a unique after-hours tour of the zoo! Through hands-on activities and interactive learning we will study the unique adaptations and lifestyles of our nocturnal neighbors right here in Colorado. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Conservation Photography

Ages: Middle & High School. Enjoy a morning of photographing animals & nature at the zoo! Alongside zoo educators, you’ll learn some basic photography tips & tricks while also discovering how taking photos of our wild world can help play a role in conservation. *Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants Registration is required.

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Run to the Shrine (May 18 & 19)

Event Series Run to the Shrine

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine, offered on the evenings of Saturday, May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2024. Run to the Shrine is a 4-mile run/walk course that curves through the Zoo, up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo. Run to the Shrine has become an annual Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tradition, and it is the only time that guests are allowed to travel up to the Shrine of the Sun by foot! In addition, Run to the Shrine is an important fundraiser for the Zoo. Registration is required.

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Summer Camps – May

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 27 - August 9, 2024. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic Camps and Camp WILDER adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 1, 2, 3. Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-5, then for everyone Feb. 6-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2024.

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Summer Camps – June

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 27 - August 9, 2024. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic Camps and Camp WILDER adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 1, 2, 3. Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-5, then for everyone Feb. 6-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2024.

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Unique & Differing Needs Day Camps (Ages 7-11) – Rainbows of Nature

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturdays, June 8, July 13 & August 3. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. From the dazzling birds to the patterns of aquatic life, we will highlight the diverse and unique wonders of the animal kingdom. This vivid journey through the Zoo will spark curiosity for the beauty that surrounds us. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and opens online Feb. 1, 2024.

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Unique & Differing Needs Day Camps (Ages 7-11) – Harmonious Habitats

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturday, June 8, Friday, June 20, Friday, July 12 & Tuesday, July 23. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. In this series, we will adventure into nature’s playground and discover the magic of jungles, deserts, aquatic, and underground realms. Together we will uncover how every habitat is different and unique, but necessary for the survival of all animals. You are welcome to sign up for just one evening or all four; each program will highlight different habitats through unique experiences. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and opens online Feb. 1, 2024.

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Member Appreciation Night

Zoo Members only - We appreciate you, so join us and your favorite animals for our first after-hours members-only event of the summer! Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for “pop-up” experiences. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo! Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the Member Appreciation Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Summer Camps – July

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 27 - August 9, 2024. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic Camps and Camp WILDER adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 1, 2, 3. Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-5, then for everyone Feb. 6-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2024.

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Member Enrichment Night

Zoo Members only - How do we keep our animals active and healthy? We give them enrichment – activities that use natural behaviors, allow control over their environment and enhance their well-being. Enrich your evening by watching our animals enjoy themselves! All restaurants will be open. Please note, we may not have scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the Member Enrichment Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Youth Conservation Leadership Conference 2024 (6th-12th Grades)

Event Series Youth Conservation Leadership Conference 2024 (6th-12th Grades)

Ages 12-18. CMZoo’s Youth Leadership Action Board invites you to the 6th Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference (YCLC), right here on the mountainside. This conference is hosted by your teenage peers as a common ground conference to work towards worldwide conservation education efforts. Registration is required and Early Bird registration is open now through April 15. (Regular registration will be open April 16 - July 10.)

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Ages 21+. Join us for a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Tickets to Tails, Tunes & Tastes include unlimited small plates and two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Summer Camps – August

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 27 - August 9, 2024. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic Camps and Camp WILDER adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 1, 2, 3. Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-5, then for everyone Feb. 6-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2024.

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End of Summer Member Celebration Night

Zoo Members only - Can you believe it? Summer goes by so fast! Enjoy one last after-hours wander through the Zoo at our Members-Only end of summer event! Beat the heat and share a special night at the Zoo. Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may not have scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the End of Summer Celebration Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Ages 21+. Join us for a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Tickets to Tails, Tunes & Tastes include unlimited small plates and two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Advanced tickets are required.

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Teen Program Off-Season Winter Session 2024 – Applications Open (Sept. 1-10)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Winter Off-Session runs Nov. 12 - Feb.12, 2025 for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Core programs. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Programs provide meaningful life experiences that inspire teens to take conservation action both on and off Zoo grounds through education, leadership, stewardship and environmental exploration. Off-Season Teen Programs offer weekends, evenings, and after school teen opportunities. Admission to the program is through an application process. Online applications for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Core programs will be open during this time. An application fee applies.

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Military Appreciation Week

Join us for Military Appreciation Week at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! It’s a week of even bigger thanks to our military personnel for their continued service to our great country. This week’s military discount features 50% off the day's normal admission base price, which is offered to all active-duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their dependents living in the same household. To enjoy a full week of stars and stripes, purchase your advance timed tickets and march on up to the Zoo!

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Silent Night at the Zoo

All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night on Wednesday, September 11, 2024. Our busy lives are often filled with schedules, responsibilities and noise. Come prepared for a peacefully quiet evening away from the pressures of the city below. Advance e-tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Boo at the Zoo – (Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31)

Event Series Boo at the Zoo – (Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31)

Seven nights! Evenings of Oct. 18-20, 25-27 & 31, 2024 from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All ages. Come see the original creatures of the night. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Advance timed admission tickets are required, and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Electric Moonlight

Adults 21+. Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during this adults-only event, Electric Moonlight. This event combines our festive holiday lights with indoor sampling areas featuring beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants (all while supplies last) – just like at our popular summer event, Moonlight on the Mountain! Advance tickets are required and are subject to selling out; no walk-up tickets available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.)

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